The Bicycle Transportation Alliance has been working with Portland Streetcar Inc. to help raise awareness about how to ride bikes safely when sharing the road with streetcar. We were happy to partner with them to produce the following video discussing safe riding, driving, and interaction with streetcar rails.
Much of the discussion in Portland on streetcar tracks and bikes centers around crashes and challenges. We need to find a way to coexist safely. Part of our ongoing efforts include education and outreach like this video, but as a city we must also commit to building and maintaining a network of bike routes that prioritizes bike access and safety. The examples of safety concerns on the Broadway Bridge and NE 7th serve as a reminder that while we must deal with choke points we should also be investing in additional bike facilities that reduce the conflicts.
Take a look a the video, let us know what you think. And if you have suggestions for how to improve safety on the road for bikes and streetcar, leave them in the comments.